Is the performance of the Low-end discrete graphics cards much better than that of Core Graphics? What games can we play with Core Graphics? These problems have been there since Intel proposed the concept of ultrabooks and the thin and light laptops became more and more popular in the market, the rapid iteration of Intel Core Graphics brought good answers to these questions, along with the release of the fifth generation Broadwell processor, more powerful Core Graphics appeared, what games can we play with it? Today’s game tests will bring actual answers.
The testing machine comes from Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (2015), which uses latest i7-5500U processor, 8GB Ram, 1 TB Mechanical hard drive, 1366 × 768 of screen resolution and whose graphics card is the combination of Intel HD 5500 Core Graphics and AMD R7 M270, during the test process, we will uninstall the drive of the discrete graphics and forbid it to be operated through Device Manager so as not to affect the test results.
The Intel HD 5500 is an entry-level Core Graphics updated by Intel this time. The basic frequency and the Turbo frequency of the i7-5500U are 2.4GHz, and 3.0GHz respectively, and the basic frequency and the maximum frequency of the integrated HD 5500 are 300MHz and 950MHz respectively.
Intel HD 5500 Gaming Benchmarks:
In our previous tests, the integrated HD 5500 achieved a score of 6849 in 3DMark Cloud Gate Standard, which is between that of the NVIDIA 820M and the 830M, and it’s very impressive in performance. Next we’ll start the game tests.
Let’s first briefly explain the test method, we’ll record a period of picture frame rate fluctuations through the recording function of FPS of Fraps after the game starts, and tabulate the data points from 50-100. Due to different demands of the games for hardware performance, the level of picture quality will be adjusted according to the actual situation during the testing process, the different testing results under different picture quality will be described below.
League of Legends
The first game involved in is an online game currently very popular, League of Legends, which itself is less demanding on hardware performance, so we directly turned on the highest image quality to test (enable vsync, anti-aliasing, characters stroke), the whole course of the game is very smooth, with no game lags, and the final test data show that the game frames remain near 40 FPS, the average FPS by Fraps are 38, which is very excellent.
Call of Duty Online
In the test for Call of Duty Online, we change the resolution to 1366 × 768, and the rest remain the default settings, which the game program allows are already of relatively high level. We can see through the recording data that during the game the fluctuations of the picture frames are very big, and the HD5500 has no problem dealing with this game, with the average number of frames is 37, it also has very good performance.
Need for Speed 14
In the test of highest picture quality for Need for Speed 14, the game frames remain around 25-30, which is not the top level, but already very good for a Core Graphics, and which has no much difference from that of the general entry-level discrete graphics, the final average frames are 29 , with acceptable picture fluency.
While the game runs very smoothly when Need for Speed 14 is operated under the default picture quality, compared to the highest picture quality the fluency increases by 10 frames and remains around 30-35, the final average frames are 32 , although only three more than under the highest picture quality, the overall fluency is obviously promoted.
Need for Speed 18
However the HD 5500’s performance is unsatisfactory in the latest Need for Speed 18, under the default picture quality it has only about 15 frames, the lag in game is very serious, basically in a state not playable, the final average frames are only 14.
After lowering the picture quality it is still poor in performance, even worse than under the default picture quality in data, but the final average frames are 16 fps, 2 fps higher than under the default quality, still not playable.
Call of Duty 8
Our original plan was to test the Call of Duty 10, but we gave up the idea on seeing the score of the Need for Speed 18, in Need for Speed series games rely on GPU much less than on CPU, and the Call of Duty series concern more about the performance of GPU, especially in the two recent masterpieces. So we try to find the finale of Modern Warfare series, Call of Duty 8, to test, and the HD5500’s performance can be described as stunning, under default picture quality its picture frames remain about 40 frames, the final result is 37, which is quite good in performance, the game can be played smoothly.
Under the highest picture quality of Call of Duty 8, the picture frames remain around 30, the final average frames are 36, which is insignificant compared with under the default picture quality, excellent in performance.
After a series of game tests we can basically determine the Core Graphics of the Intel HD 5500 is very good in performance, and the graphics processor of the fifth generation is obviously improved in performance. We can easily play most of the online games and small part of the console games which has no high requirements for hardware performance on the market by using the machines equipped with the fifth generation of core cpu in the absence of discrete graphics. According to the test result of the 3DMark, if the discrete graphics of your laptops are 820M, GT720M or even lower-grade entry-level ones, then your laptop’s graphics performance may not be as good as that of the integrated graphics of the fifth-generation Core processor. As far as the performance of the HD5500 at higher resolutions, we hope to give you the answers after we get the high score screen machines.
Although Intel has obvious progress in Core Graphics, it does not mean that the entry-level discrete graphics is nothing, NVIDIA is still in the industry-leading position in graphics processing technology, and it is far better than Core Graphics in many of the visual effects , perhaps this is the direction of Intel’s future development. But if you’re hesitant to buy a thin and light laptop because of the game performance of the Core Graphics, now you can get ready to buy the product equipped with the fifth-generation Intel Core processor, and you can play the games as well with its Core Graphics!